6th Annual Lift Every Voice Lecture Series

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In celebration of Black History Month the Spring of Hope Church in Springfield will hold it’s annual Lift Every Voice Lecture Series, designed to raise critical issues that affect society and to offer solutions. Rev. Talbert W. Swan, II shared more about the upcoming lectures.

5th Annual Lift Every Voice Lecture Series
The Lift Every Voice Lecture Series hopes to offers solutions for raise critical issues that affect society.

Spring of Hope Church
35 Alden Street, Springfield

February 9, 2016
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emertia of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.

Well-known for appearances on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others; Malveaux is booked to offer commentary on subjects ranging from economics to women’s rights and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs.

A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.


February 18, 2015
Rev. Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco, CA. and has been active in ministry for almost 20 years. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have 2 daughters, Sarai Hope and Nylah Joy. In 2000, Pastor Mike graduated from Bethany College with a double bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies and Theology. In 2005, he graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy.

Over the past 15 years, his commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations like Bible Way Christian Center, The Racial Justice Coalition of CA, NAACP, ACLU, the San Jose Interfaith Council and much more.

In June 2005, Pastor McBride launched a new church in West Berkeley, CA named The Way Christian Center. This vibrant and life-giving congregation has since increased to several hundred members who are committed to “Connecting to God, Growing in Faith and Serving the World”. In January 2009, Pastor McBride became the Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, a congregation based organizing federation within the PICO National Network. In January 2012, Pastor McBride became the national campaign director for PICO’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a comprehensive violence prevention, mass incarceration and life transformation campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States. He is deeply committed to empowering urban communities, families and youth, using the principles of a relevant and liberating gospel message that transforms lives. Pastor Mike is an adviser to President Barack Obama on Faith Based partnerships.

February 25, 2015

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, he first African-American woman to be a tenured professor in the 200-year history of the Princeton Theological Seminary, is humbly, joyfully, shaping religious thought in America through academia. Yet, the proud progressive also regularly weighs in on pop-culture phenomena like Black Jesus or the concept of God as Mother. Pierce is also a recurring MSNBC contributor who is unafraid of fraught topics such as American religion’s proslavery ideology or how African Americans were expected to respond after the Charleston, S.C., church massacre: “Let us not rush to the language of healing until we understand the fullness of injury,” the good reverend said.


To learn more about the series visit LEVoice.org.


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